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The lilac bush is a nectar-producing plant attractive to butterflies
Credit: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Gilles Murray)

Do butterflies – particularly monarchs – fascinate you?

Create an attractive haven for these wonderful migratory insects by growing milkweed and nectar-producing plants. Your garden will become a place where you can observe these flamboyant Lepidoptera at your leisure. At the same time, you will help protect a migration phenomenon that is unique in the world and, unfortunately, in decline.

Criteria

For your monarch oasis to be certified, you must at least meet the three mandatory criteria listed below:

  1. Choose a quiet location for your garden, sheltered from the wind and sun.
  2. Plant milkweed and nectar-producing plants, preferably indigenous species.
  3. Maintain your garden an organic manner: be tolerant of insects and remove those that are unwanted manually or with a jet of water. Refrain from using any pesticides.

To improve and enrich your garden, you can also:

  • Plant a variety of plants to prolong blooming, thus attracting more pollinators.
  • Provide an area of wet sand between the flowerbeds, where the butterflies can drink.
  • Use compost and natural fertilizers (make wise use of these).
  • Become an Ambassador for the planet and promote organic gardening practices to your neighbours, colleagues and friends.

Tip sheet: Create a monarch oasis

Did you know that …

Monarch caterpillars and butterflies are not edible for birds. Most birds that eat them get sick and avoid repeating the experience. So you can easily combine a monarch oasis with a bird garden, if you want to enrich your My Space for Life Garden experience.

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